Assessment

Career Information    |    Company Research   

What career is right for you?

Career Information

Our Career Center Counselors provide guidance to adults in career decision-making.  Call 216.475.2225 to make an appointment if you would like some help in assessing and comparing careers. You can find help in deciding the type of career that is best for you through assessment testing, volunteering, informational interviewing, job shadowing, or temporary work. Each career requires certain skills and knowledge. You may need more training to reach your goal.  Our counselors can help you with a plan. 

Maybe you discover that starting a business of your own is the career for you.  Our counselors can help with that, too.  See online information about Starting Your Own Business under our Resources tab.

Helpful Websites:

You can find help in deciding the type of career that is best for you through assessment testing, volunteering, informational interviewing, job shadowing, or temporary work. Each career requires certain skills and knowledge. 

Learning Express Library Premium Resource (need library card to login)
Click on Job&Career Accelerator to match your interests and skills with a career that's best for you.

See our Career-Business Resources for more websites that offer online Career Assessment help. 

Career Workshops

Career Center Workshops led by Library Career Counselors are FREE and open to the public.  Register for any or all that seem helpful.  Look on our Workshops page for upcoming workshops or go to the Cuyahoga County Public Library Website and search under Events for Career Workshops.  For a more refined search, see below the workshops that can help with career and job assessment and use the Library Event Finder with a Keyword using any of these terms:

  • Developing a Career Action Plan
  • Discover Careers that Fit Your Personality
  • The Over-40 Job Seeker
  • Teen Job Search

One-on-one counseling sessions with with a certified career counselor are also available at NO CHARGE in the Library Career Centers at the Maple Hts. and Fairview Park Branch Libraries and regularly at the Solon Branch
(every other Friday afternoon)  and the North Royalton Branch (every Tuesday afternoon).  These sessions are
by appointment— call 216.475.2225

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Company Research

An important step in the job search process is finding information about the organizations for which you want to work.  Your major purposes in checking out the companies to which you are applying are:

  • To determine what the corporate culture of the organization is. 
        Will you like working here?     Do they have a sound financial future?
  • To give yourself a competitive edge in the interview process.  Do a little homework about the company and the industry, and you will impress prospective employers.  You'll want to know the size of the company and whether it is public or private, products and services offered, the target market, a general company history, its main competitors, and financial information (if company is public).

Cuyahoga County Public Library provides database resources with reliable, up-to-date directories of companies giving the address, telephone number, financial data (if the company is public), type of business, chief officers of the company, and, perhaps, magazine articles about the company.
 

Premium Business Databases here (FREE to library cardholders) including:
  ♦ Reference USA    ♦ Dun+Bradstreet    ♦ Morningstar   ♦ Standard+Poors   ♦Career Transition   ♦more!

Helpful Websites:

See our Career-Business Resources for Company Research websites.

Check out the Fortune Magazine list of  Best Companies to Work For in 2012.

Career Workshops

Career Center Workshops led by Library Career Counselors are FREE and open to the public.  Register for any or all that seem helpful.  Look on our Workshops page for upcoming workshops or go to the Cuyahoga County Public Library Website and search under Events for Career Workshops.  For a more refined search, see below the workshop that can help with Company Research and use the Library Event Finder with a Keyword using:
"Targeting Companies in Your Job Search"

Resources

Research which job is best for you.

Get help with your job/career search:

   • Networking 
   • Starting your own business
   • Improve your skills with:
      • Better job search techniques
      • Submitting online application
      • Better resumes / interviews